Burton Latimer duck race to cause a splash next weekend

Burton Latimer: Duck Race'Joe McHugh, and Lewis Kenny with their ducks at last year's event 'Sunday, 19 June 2011

Burton Latimer: Duck Race'Joe McHugh, and Lewis Kenny with their ducks at last year's event 'Sunday, 19 June 2011

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About 1000 people are expected to descend on a town’s park for its ever-popular duck race.

The 14th Burton Latimer Duck race will take place at the town’s Pocket Park, in Station Road, on Sunday, June 10, from 1pm.

Preparations are being finalised for this year’s event, but organisers are looking for more stalls to add to the 16 that are already signed up.

The day’s premier event is the duck race itself, where people bet on ducks which are released to travel down the nearby River Ise, with the winner scooping a prize.

Organiser Maureen Jerram said: “It’s a lovely day for everyone, and it really is a staple of Burton Latimer social life now.

“There’s some chicanes in the river, so it’s quite good watching the ducks race through it.

“We get people coming from the town, but also from Corby and Wellingborough, which is amazing.”

Festivities on the day also include face painting, tractor rides, a spitfire cockpit simulator, choirs, and an Irish band.

The event raises cash for the upkeep of the pocket park.

Prices to pitch up stalls are £10, or £5 for charity stalls.

If anyone is interested in holding a stall at the event, they can call Mrs Jerram on 01536 725524.

Are you planning on going to this year’s event? Do you have any memories of previous duck races? Let us know by commenting below or contact us by emailing ian.burbidge@northantsnews.co.uk.